Our Certified Coaches
Salmon Bay Paddle is the leading provider of personalized one on one and small group stand up paddle board (SUP), kayak and surf ski lessons in the Pacific Northwest. Meet my certified coaches!
Rob is the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle which he started in 2010. He took his first sea kayaking class in 1999 and soon got addicted to surf kayaking, kayak touring and whitewater kayaking. He began to focus on SUP in 2007. He’s the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans” both for Mountaineers Books. In 2013, he founded (PSUPA) Professional Stand Up Paddle Association. He also contributes paddling articles to several publications. When not teaching, he loves to freighter and coastal surf his 16′ Splinter SUP and surf ski! He lives in Ballard.
Harry has been paddling since the summer of 2015 on flat-water, rivers, tidal waterways, and industrial waterways. He brought an inflatable SUP to Europe and toured the Danube and Spree rivers in Germany, and the Moldau in Czech Republic. He volunteers for the Washington Water Trails Association and is the Treasurer for the Ballard Elks Paddling Club. Harry has completed the Seventy48 (70 mile race Tacoma to PT) twice.
Scott is comfortable on both kayak and SUP and has L3 IDW and ICE kayak certifications with ACA. A recent transplant from San Diego, Scott loves to teach navigation, kayak rolling, sea kayak surfing and exploring Puget Sound. He also teaches skiing, snow snowshoeing and mountain biking with a local outfitter. Scott is also on the Dagger Kayaks pro team.
An adventure seeker, Robert has paddled much of the Puget Sound, kayaking and camping year-round, navigating tidal currents, wind, rough water, and large, open-water crossings. He is an ACA certified instructor, member of Washington Kayak Club, and instructor with the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association. He is a member of Qajaq USA. When not on the water, he’s looking out to it, writing from his home off Poverty Bay in Des Moines, WA.
Suzanne has been standup paddle boarding for 8 years, mainly in NW Washington coastal waters. As the daughter of a fisherman from Rhode Island, she prefers being on the water to being on shore. She works at an elementary school teaching students with special needs and believes anyone can learn to paddle if they are motivated and encouraged. When not paddling, Suzanne can be found hanging out with her daughter, gardening, cleaning beaches or planning the next adventure; she’ll do anything to avoid cooking.
Koichi helped start dragon boat racing in Seattle in 1996 and has been an avid paddler and coach to all ages ever since. Now entering his 4th season as a SUP instructor, Koichi teaches SUP to all ages in all bodies of water. He also kayaks and outrigger canoes through the winter months to stay active. When not on the water, Koichi hangs out with his wife, kid and 2 dogs while drinking lots of coffee.
Originally a Japanese teacher at Ballard High, Joe made a life change to becoming a personal trainer and now works for Seattle Athletic Club and takes personal clients at his business, Move Strong with Joe. One of Rob’s first students, we saw how SUP transformed Joe’s life helping him get into shape doing something he loves. When not keeping us in shape, Joe can be seen surfing boat wakes on Salmon Bay.
Alex started paddling when SUP started in the PNW. He has shaped several SUPs and is a regular at many of the local races. In 2018, he completed the Seventy48 race under 30 hours. He also loves to downwind, paddle Deception Pass and surf. He works for Pirosky’s as a bakery manager. On his free time, he likes to paddle to Golden Gardens for ice cream!